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Marmot Catalyst 2P (Closeout) 3-Season Backpacking Tent

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Marmot Catalyst Tent Series Clip and Pole Structure

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Effectively balancing price and performance, the Marmot Catalyst 2P tent provides backpackers with a roomy interior, breathability, and ease of set-up at an affordable price. Marmot even adds value by throwing in a protective footprint.


Effectively balancing price and performance, the Marmot Catalyst 2P tent provides backpackers with a roomy interior, breathability, and ease of set-up at an affordable price. Marmot even adds value by throwing in a protective footprint.

The Catalyst 2P offers 32.5 square feet of interior space and vestibules in front of each door provide more than 16 combined square feet of additional weather-protected storage space. Interior mesh pockets provide out-of-the-way storage options to maximize available floor space and enhance livability.

Three aluminum poles provide the Catalyst 2P with support and freestanding structure. Integrated clips and a pitch-enhancing sleeve for the single brow pole allow the body of the tent to attach quickly, easily, and securely to the poles. The freestanding design enables you to set up the tent and then move it around your chosen campsite to find the optimal rock-and-root-free position.

Mesh panels allow air to circulate and combat condensation while the weatherproof floor and full coverage rainfly combine to protect the interior of the tent from the elements. Taped seam construction throughout the tent bolsters weather protection. A custom-fit footprint is included to further protect the floor of the Marmot Catalyst 2P from sharp objects, mud and ground water.

  • Two D shaped doors and two vestibules
  • Footprint included
  • Strategic clip placement provides larger interior volume
  • Seam taped full coverage fly with vents
  • Free-standing design
  • Seam taped catenary cut floor
  • Color coded “easy pitch” clips and poles
  • Lamp shade pocket securely holds headlamp to provide ambient light
  • Interior pockets for small gear organization
  • HD Velocity 7000 series aluminum poles

Technical Specs

Best Use
Average Min Weight
4 lbs 11 oz
Average Packed Weight
5 lbs 3 oz
Clips Or Sleeves
Floor Area
32.5 sq ft
Floor Dimension
88" x 53"
Interior Height
Interior Storage
Interior pockets
Number Of Poles
Pole Type
Velocity/Velocity HD
Seam Sealed
Taped Seams
Vestibule Area
9.5 sq ft
Footprint included
Limited Lifetime
Canopy: 40D 100% Polyester No-See-Um-Mesh
Sidewalls: 68D 100% Polyester Taffeta
Floor: 70D 100% Polyester Taffeta 2000mm
Fly: 68D Polyester Taffeta 1800mm
Packed Size
18" x 7"

11 Reviews

4.36 / 5

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Den Berg


Simple backpacking tent


Lightweight, so roomy, ease of set-up





Simple tent


Simple tent for camping, backpacking, or car camping. A roomy interior, ease of set-up for one or two people, great breathability.


I haven't found it yet

Lauren R.


Great so far


I am a solo camper who likes a little extra space for gear, and this has been good on a handful of frontcountry outings so far. I found the setup to be simple and fast (despite the diagram-only instructions). The storage pockets are a nice feature - clipped my headlamp to the side pocket one night to read for a bit. I am 5'6" and fit comfortably with a duffel bag without touching the sides. Was also able to stand and bend at the waist to change. Not sure how it holds up to weather as my outings have been on clear nights with lows in the 50s F.


Have had some issues with condensation buildup on the inside of the rainfly - staking the sides all the way out seems to help, but if the problem continues, will definitely be shopping again.

Ben S.


Great tent!


Super lightweight but very spacious tent. Easy to assemble and disassemble.


No dislikes.

Allie W.


Wonderful Tent


Small Enough room for 2 people Easy put up and take down Color coded everything, literally a child could set it up


The back side isn't mesh, which is weird

Andy W.


Good deal


Great price, I am a beginner in back packing and this was a great price for a good tent that I can get started out in.





decent backpacking tent


spacious tent for 1 person and above average for 2 persons


on the slightly heavier side for backpacking use, however i would say it's more durable

Lindsay H.


Perfect for weekend backpacking trips!


Compact and easy to carry, with more than enough room for 2 people. Simple setup and pack up.



Paul K.


Excellent two man tent so far


Very easy to set up and included footprint saves some money.


A little on the heavy side, but worth it for the space and cost.



Marmot Catalyst 2p Review


I bought this tent because of the space, weight (not ultralight but not too heavy either), and footprint that came at a nice price tag. However, I was disappointed with the set-up and design of the tent. The three poles are more complicated than anticipated during set-up and they felt under designed especially the brow pole; I thought I was going to tear the tent when placing it. Not a fan of the fly either. The color coded buckles are a nice feature, but the asymmetrical fly is again under designed. Fly lies very close to tent (touching in some parts) and without having vents condensation is a big issue. I used extra stakes on the fly to vent and still had a lot of condensation. Lastly, the stakes are very cheap and bend easily. I would buy studier stakes and additional guy lines for this tent.


Overall, the material of the tent is sturdy and durable (except the stakes). Lots of space inside. I like that it came with its own footprint, and the price was great. But the design set-up and functionality of the tent are a killer.

Samuel C.


Great Buy!


Compact, lightweight, great price, and who wouldn't want an orange tent?!


None at all! Just what I wanted!